State Update: NYC on Track to Begin ‘Phase One’ Reopening on June 8, California to Have 10,000 Contact Tracers by July 1, New Jersey to Spend $100 Million to Keep Families in Their Homes

May 29, 2020

  • New York City, closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to begin a “phase one” reopening on June 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo cautioned against too much excitement about reopening, saying, “this is not ‘happy days again, this is over.’ We have to be smart. Remember that reopening does not mean we’re going back to the way things were,” he said.
  • California plans to have 10,000 workers trained by July 1 to contact trace coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference on Friday. The first phase commitment of 10,000 workers will be able to track 3,600 new cases per day, Newsom said. Newsom noted the importance of contact tracing as the state reopens because it will meet the substantial needs of the counties that are reopening.
  • New Jersey is creating a short-term rental assistance program for low- and moderate-income families, Gov. Murphy announced on Friday. The state will be applying at least $100 million to the program, which is aimed at helping families financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic keep their homes. The latest numbers: The state reported at least 1,117 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to approximately 158,844 cases. The daily positivity rate continued at 6%.  The state reported an additional 131 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to at least 11,531. 

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